Everything you wanted to know about how to decrystallize raw honey

How many times have you thought about throwing away a perfectly good jar of honey just because it got crystallised? If you are one of those people who are convinced that hard honey is spoiled, we have news for you: honey never goes bad, and it is perfectly good to eat when it is hard. In fact, some people actually prefer crystallised honey to its liquid alternative! If you are not one of them though, there is no need to throw the honey bear into the trash. Read on to find out how to make honey runny again as well as how to store it to slow down the crystallisation process. With the proper knowledge and technique, you will be able to enjoy your favourite liquid honey much longer!

Crystallized honey

Why does honey crystallise?

Honey almost entirely consists of natural sugars. There is only 20% of water in this product. This means that there are not nearly enough water molecules to hold all the glucose and fructose, which leads to eventual separation of these components. And this is exactly how you get crystallised honey. To make sure the product stays liquid as long as possible, store it at room temperature in a glass jar with a tightly closed lid. Never put honey in the fridge! It will speed up the crystallisation process.

Most store-bought honey varieties are heavily processed. Manufacturers use pasteurisation to kill the bacteria and yeast as well as to slow down crystallisation, making the product more appealing to the customers. Raw honey is unprocessed, and this is why it crystallises much faster. However, it also means that all the nutrients and enzymes in it are still intact, making it a healthier choice. If you skip out on the amazing benefits of raw honey just because you don’t fancy its texture, we can tell you how to make it runny again in a few easy steps!

How to decrystallize raw honey

How to decrystallise honey?

To bring honey back to its original consistency, you need to heat it up. It is crucial to maintain the right temperature – going too high would mean to scorch the product and destroy the precious vitamins and enzymes. The heating method is also important. If you look up how to decrystallise honey in Google, you may find some pretty bad advice like using a microwave oven. In this case, the heat will distribute unevenly, which means that some areas will stay crystallised while others will simply boil. What is more, if you store the product in a plastic container, using a microwave oven will melt it, releasing harmful toxins and particles.

So how to decrystallise raw honey the right way? Don’t worry, it is super easy. All you need is a pot of hot water and a bowl large enough to accommodate your honey jar. The key is not to let the water boil, which happens at 100°C. Try to keep the temperature up to 45°C to preserve enzymes and antioxidants. If you have accidentally overheated and boiled the water, let it sit for a few minutes. Once it cools off enough, slowly add it into the bowl, filling the space around the jar with crystallised honey. Make sure you leave the lid on and don’t pour water on top of it. Decrystallising honey takes time. Be patient and carefully add more hot water as the liquid in the bowl starts to cool down.

Though it is preferable to keep honey in a glass jar, many retailers sell it in plastic containers. If you have one of those honey bears on your hands, the steps will be similar but this time keep the water temperature lower than 38°C to prevent plastic from deforming. Give your bear a good soak and once the honey is liquid enough, transfer it to a glass jar. Now you know how to decrystallise honey. We hope that this knowledge will help you save a ton of money by increasing the shelf-life of your favourite product, making your life that much sweeter.

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Buckwheat honey

Once again great taste for your Buckwheat honey. 👍😊

Best Honey in Cold Weather

It really is the Best Honey during the cold season. Taste is really good and even better with Ginger and Cinnamon. I wish there are more other types of raw honey (such as Dandelion, Kiawe, Ikaria etc.) available on this site.

Acquired taste

Different from your normal golden coloured honey both in taste and looks. It definitely has an acquired taste. It might not be for everybody, very deep, rich with an earthy aftertaste. I personally like it, I feel it would be good as a glaze rather than in my herbal teas

Beautiful honey

Lovely tasting honey. Perfectly balanced with sweet and creamy notes. Similar to Manuka honey in texture and taste. If you want manuka honey without the expensive price, this is the honey for too.

Favourite honey

Love buckwheat honey. This is just the right consistency and colour. Keep recommending it to people